William Boyle Foundation

In 1980 the untimely passing of P/M Bill Boyle at 51 years of age shocked the piping fraternity.  His contribution to piping and pipe bands was considerable and his reputation as an outstanding solo piper was recognised worldwide. He was also a most competent adjudicator and tutor.

The William Boyle Memorial Foundation was established to honour his memory and was incorporated as a Charitable Trust in 1983 to promote excellence in piping and create initiatives to support that outcome.

The structure of the Foundation is as follows:

  • One trustee appointed by Comunn Na Piobaireachd.
  • Two trustees appointed by The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury
  • These three above mentioned trustees appoint a further two trustees thus completing a TRUSTEE BOARD of five.

The current trustees are:

  • Randall Allardyce, Chairman/ The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury appointed trustee
  • Richard Hawke, The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury appointed trustee
  • Greg Wilson, Comunn na Piobaireachd appointed trustee
  • Brian Switalla, Trustee
  • Alan McKenzie, Trustee

The Foundation supports two main initiatives annually that have had considerable influence on the careers of many of our A Grade and Under 21 pipers over many years.  They are the WBF Under 21 Competition and the WBF Grants.  A new subsistence allowance for senior solo players competing in the UK has been approved in principle, but details and conditions are yet to be finalised.

4 thoughts on “William Boyle Foundation

  1. I started to learn the GHB in 1975. I purchased as many solo and pipe band albums as I could afford during the first few years I started learning to play the pipes. Two of those albums feature William Boyle. One featured William Boyle on pipes and Gordon Ogilvie on Organ and was recorded in the Chapel of St. Andrew’s College, Christchurch in mid-winter 1969. I have always meant to copy the LP to another form so I would have the ability to play this wonderful album if I was unable to play it on a record player. Today I have managed to record it to my computer using a record/cd/usb player recoder. I don’t know if anyone else has this unique album but I think it should be shared with the piping world as William Boyle was an amazing player. I once heard that John D. Burgess was glad he didn’t have to compete against him.

    1. Phil says:

      Certainly a fantastic, even ground breaking, recording. I’m not sure if it is in digital form for sale, but it would certainly be worthy of a reissue. Phil

  2. Aad Boode says:

    I am compiling a list of Pipe Majors of military Pipes & Drums worldwide and have at the moment details of over 2100 P/Ms.
    Could you please tell me when William Boyle was P/M of the New Zealand Scottish Regiment (year from-to) and his middle name (if any) and place of death.
    Thanks and regards
    Aad Boode
    Livingston, Scotland

    1. Alastair Pratt says:

      Bill Boyle was PM of that band from 1959-1962 when that band disbanded.

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